Illustration for article titled Volcanic Eruptions Are Even More Impressive From Space

Volcanic eruptions are awe-inspiring if you’re standing nearby — no wonder the Romans thought an angry god lived under Etna — but to get a real sense of perspective, it helps to be a little higher up.


The image above was captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite, and shows the plume of ash and gases drifting away from Mount Raung, a volcano on the Indonesian island of Java. Raung started erupting in late June and is still going, causing authorities to cancel flights, and warn residents to wear face masks.


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